ElectionBuddy supports a variety of voting systems, including:

Plurality

This multi-purpose tally system is used in 90% of all ballot questions. Voters can make either 1 choice, or a pre-determined number of choices. Choices are counted, and the choice with the highest number of votes wins. No minimum percentage of votes, or vote counts, are required to win.

Examples:

  • elect 1 of 5 candidates for a president

  • elect 3 board members from a selection of 7 candidates

  • approve a bylaw amendment with a Yes/No vote

  • choose 1 of 3 possible locations for your next Annual meeting

Plurality is also known as Instant Runoff or Ranked-Choice voting.

Cumulative

Voter are permitted to cast multiple votes, up to the number of opening for that position. A voter can cast all available votes for one candidate, or spread their votes across multiple candidates.

Example:

  • voters can cast 5 total votes to fill 5 volunteer openings from a selection of 20 candidates

Cumulative voting is also known as Split voting, Dot voting, or Multi-voting.

Preferential

Voters are allowed to rank their choices in order of preference and must make at least 1 choice. This system is also known as instant runoff, because it uses voters' subsequent choices to determine winners in tied competitions.

Examples:

  • elect 1 of 5 candidates for a president

  • elect 3 board members from a selection of 7 candidates

Preferential voting is also known as Instant Runoff or Ranked-Choice voting.

Single Transferable Voting (STV)

When there are multiple openings for the same position, Preferential tallies use Single Transferable Voting (STV) to transfer votes to other candidates until all opening are filled.

Scored

Voters can provide a score for each choice on a given numerical scale.

Examples:

  • voters rank various apartment complex projects on a scale of importance from 1 to 5, where 5 is the most important

  • voters agree with various statements with choices ranging from "Strongly Agree" to "Strongly Disagree"

Scored voting includes Rating Scale, Likert Scale, and Dot voting.

Approvals

Voters may approve 1 or more candidates from a list of candidates. The winner of the competition is the candidate that receive the most approvals. A common usage of multi-approval is in the approval of numerous candidates at one time, without regard to who has received the most approvals.

Examples:

  • determine a winner of an awards category

  • approve a list of new member applications for a private club

Nominations

Voters write-in 1 or more nominees for an open position. Nominations are tallied for use in a subsequent election for the open position. Nominations are often used in conjunction with announcements for an upcoming election.

Example:

  • nominate potential HOA board members prior to meeting

Nominations are also known as Announcement or Nomination Period.

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